Produced screenwriter and award-winning short film director Dan Bronzite had always wanted to tell a story about domestic violence and raise awareness about this subject matter but wanted to do so with an original and entertaining approach. He began developing the script fifteen years ago but life and other projects got in the way. In 2019 he revisited the story, started a major rewrite and began recruiting HODs with the intention of shooting in May 2020.The Pandemic
When the coronavirus struck in March 2020 and London was thrust into lockdown, his plans were initially scuppered, and he felt it would not be possible to shoot until the crisis was over but then he heard news reports of increasing incidents of domestic abuse during lockdown and realised that now was the right time to push ahead with the production, despite the numerous obstacles. He secured a bank loan, borrowed from personal credit cards and took the leap…The Production
During the summer months Dan honed the script, developed detailed storyboards and shot lists and began the casting process with Casting Director Ben Cogan. He continued location scouting (from where he left off in March) and in September brought on board Production Manager Jess Gardner to help finalise the budget and crew up. The COVID-Secure shoot was over five days at the beginning of October 2020 with Director of Photography Simon Rowling filmed on RED Komodo, and a pickup day at the end of the month with Director of Photography Paul O’Callaghan filmed on ARRI Alexa Mini.The Post Production
Dan had hoped to complete post by Christmas but unfortunately the pandemic had other ideas and caused many hurdles due to lockdown restrictions. He finally locked picture in March 2021 and began sound and online picture post in April at Halo Post Production – completing on June 11th.
The film is now out to festivals and will and due to COVID restrictions will premiere online via Vimeo on Demand at the New Renaissance Film Festival (London) Sept 24-26, 2021